'Food is one of biggest issues that’s got to be addressed and there is silence'

Focus: Food almost invisible as UK election nears

It's the economy, stupid. So goes the mantra for what drives voting choice and therefore electoral campaigning. But, to some, food policy sh...

Stonyfield on block as condition of Danone's WhiteWave acquisition

Analysis: Stonyfield race not yet run

Chinese dairy giant Yili has declared its interest in buying Stonyfield but just-food columnist Victor Martino contends there could be more...

Germany latest market to see AmazonFresh

Column: AmazonFresh enters Germany

As Amazon launches its AmazonFresh in Germany, Andrew Pearl, director of strategy and insights for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region...

Whole Foods has seen comp sales come under pressure

Retail in April: Whole Foods, 7-Eleven, M&S

The performance of (and potential future for) Whole Foods Market hit the retail headlines in April but how should the US natural and organic...

Panera Bread set to join JAB Holding empire

Foodservice, April '17: Panera, Burger King

One of the biggest M&A deals in the foodservice sector came in April, with European investment firm JAB Holding moving to buy US bakery-cafe...

Kraft Heinz reported sales growth in UK during Q1

Kraft Heinz Q1 - 5 things to learn

Kraft Heinz this week booked first-quarter sales and earnings that were down year-on-year and which missed analyst expectations. The company...

Wal-Mart aims to drive supplier progress on emissions with Project Gigaton - analysis 4 May 17

Wal-Mart Stores has launched Project Gigaton, an initiative which sees the retailer task food manufacturers to reduce carbon emissions with the aim of cutting emissions in its supply chain by 1 gigaton by 2030. Ben Cooper looks at the move.

Mondelez on margin growth, North America pressure, Q2 caution - five things to learn from Q1 results 3 May 17

Shares in Mondelez International, which issued its first-quarter results after the closing bell in New York on Tuesday (2 May), were up in after-hours trading, helped by the Oreo owner beating analyst forecasts on its underlying earnings per share and better-than-expected sales numbers. However, the snacks giant did have some weak spots in the opening three months of 2017, notably North America, and issued some notes of caution about the second quarter. Dean Best sets out what you need to know from the numbers and from Mondelez's outlook.

Thought Leaders

India releases GST tax rates for food

Raghavendra Verma | 23 May 17 India placing number of products in higher tax bracket under new Goods and Services Tax regime

Jam, instant cooking mixes, pasteurised butter and several other processed food items have been placed in a higher tax bracket under India’s new Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, to be levied from 1 July.

Lactalis set to acquire German dairy Omira

John Shepherd | 23 May 17 Omira portfolio also includes dairy-free brand MinusL

French dairy giant Lactalis is set to acquire German dairy group Omira for an undisclosed sum, it was announced today (23 May).

Greencore claims "strong" H1 sales, profit growth

Dean Best | 23 May 17 Greencore reported underlying sales growth in UK and US

Ireland-based convenience food group Greencore today (23 May) touted "strong" growth in sales and profits during the first half of its financial year.

Recent News - (Updated: 5:02pm 23 May 2017)

Ireland chocolate maker Lily O'Brien's 'for sale'

Ausnutria strikes two formula deals in Australia

Canada GMO label vote splits industry, campaigners

Russia eases restrictions on Turkish fruit and veg

Cranswick books higher FY sales, earnings

Japan's Nissin plots China potato crisps factory

US turkey firm Butterball to close Illinois plant

Nestle eyes China's ageing population with NPD

Raisio interim CEO Jarmo Puputti eyes growth and the top job - interview 16 May 17

Dean BestPuputti wants to become new Raisio CEO

Finland-based Raisio – the company behind brands including Elovena cereal and the cholesterol-targeted Benecol – has had an eventful year, including the departure of long-time chief executive Matti Rihko. Four months on from Rihko’s resignation, Raisio has yet to appoint a replacement. One of Rihko’s colleagues, Jarmo Puputti, was handed the job on an interim basis and he is attempting to get sales and profits growing again after a year of declines. Puputti speaks to Dean Best about Raisio’s performance in the early months of 2017, his plans for growth and his bid to take the top job permanently.

"Beanfields Snacks has all right elements to be ready to scale" - Powerplant Ventures co-founder Mark Rampolla on fund's investment in tortilla chip maker 12 May 17

Dean BestZico coconut water founder Rampolla formed Powerplant Ventures in 2015

Powerplant Ventures, the US private-equity firm formed two years ago to back companies "reinventing the food system", has made its latest investment, leading a consortium that has acquired a majority stake in local tortilla chip business Beanfields Snacks. Mark Rampolla, the man behind coconut water brand Zico, is one of the founders of Powerplant Ventures and will be co-chairman of Beanfield. He talked to Dean Best about Powerplant Ventures' investment strategy, plans for Beanfield and how a US gang intervention programme is involved in the deal.

D's Naturals' selective use of General Mills backing – interview 1 May 17

Katy AskewKatz [centre] alongside John Haugen, VP and GM of 301 [left] and Tom Nack, R&D Manager at 301 [right] at the Natural Products Expo West in California

D's Naturals has developed rapidly from its inception just two years ago. Today, the US plant-based protein bar maker generates around US$10m in sales and has attracted investment from General Mills investment arm, 301 Inc. Founder Daniel Katz – or D as he is also known – spoke to just-food's Katy Askew about the development of the business and its prospects.

Barilla puts sustainability centre stage

Ben Cooper, just-food editorial team Ben Cooper | 23 May 17

Barilla's 2016 results statement, published last week, makes interesting reading, not because of the Italian food group's commercial performance, but for the emphasis placed on sustainability achievements.

UK M&A deal volumes slide in early months of 2017

Dean Best, just-food editorial team Dean Best | 22 May 17

Fresh data from Grant Thornton indicates the number of mergers and acquisitions in the UK food and drink sector fell to the lowest level for over two years in the first quarter of in 2017 - but the accountancy and advisory firm has insisted the amount of M&A activity remains "healthy".

Food policy returns to focus in Westminster

Ben Cooper, just-food editorial team Ben Cooper | 27 Apr 17

Amid the political turmoil in the UK caused by the EU Referendum, the resignation of a Prime Minister, subsequent burning debates over the Brexit “divorce” settlement and now by the surprise announcement of a general election, it is easy to forget food policy was briefly elevated up the political agenda last year. It returns to focus in Westminster for a few hours today (27 April).

Brazil meat giant JBS, the President and claims of bribery

Brazil meat giant JBS, the President and claims of bribery

JBS, the Brazil-based meat behemoth, is at the centre of bribery allegations that have led some to call for the country's President to resign.

Unilever makes acquisition - in food

Unilever makes acquisition - in food

Excluding ice cream, much of Unilever's corporate moves in the food sector in recent years has been to offload assets. In April, the company snapped up fledgling US condiments firm Sir Kensington's.

Post Holdings emerges as buyer for Weetabix

Post Holdings emerges as buyer for Weetabix

The US group expands breakfast cereal business with move for household UK brand.

Stonyfield on block as Danone clears WhiteWave deal

Stonyfield on block as Danone clears WhiteWave deal

Danone has agreed to sell US organic dairy business Stonyfield to get local regulatory clearance for its acquisition of WhiteWave Foods. What interest could there be in Stonyfield?

Fresh Food in the US

Fresh Food in the US

Prices across the board in US grocery stores fell by significant margins nationally in 2016, with Euromonitor International estimating that the average unit price of fresh food declined by 3% in this year; this was a stark contrast to the growth in fresh food unit prices recorded over 2011-2016. A combination of larger than expected food supplies and stronger competition amongst grocery chains helped to elicit these strong price declines. Growth in imports of fresh foods and declines in exports,..... Read more

Published: April 2017 - ($1210.00)

Fresh Food in Russia

Published: April 2017 - ($1210.00)

Global Kefir Products Market 2017-2021

Published: April 2017 - ($3500.00)

Sugar: The Fool Proof Target for Obesity or a Can of Worms?

Published: April 2017 - ($1325.00)

Is Sugar the next Tobacco?

Published: February 2017 - ($600.00)

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